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Halcro Eclipse Mono power amplifiers REVIEW

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

THE REVIEW BELOW APPEARED IN ‘AUDIO ESOTERICA‘ MAGAZINE, TOGETHER WITH AN INTERVIEW AND HALCRO TIMELINE. YOU CAN VIEW THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PDFs BY CLICKING THE IMAGE ABOVE. A FULL BENCHTEST AND EXTENDED REVIEW APPEARS IN THE OCTOBER/NOVEMBER ISSUE OF Australian Hi-Fi magazine, ON SALE SEPTEMBER 26 2019. 

Halcro is very likely the most famous Australian hi-fi brand you’ve never heard of. Indeed you’re likely to be more familiar with the name of the company that founded it — Minelab — than you are to be with Halcro, since you can buy a Minelab metal detector almost anywhere in the country… which isn’t true of Halcro, at least not yet.… Read the full article

SMART AMPLIFIERS – Amazon Echo Link Amp vs Sonos Amp vs Bluesound Powernode 2i

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

With voice control, app control, streaming, external inputs and built-in power, the race is on to provide the easiest just-add-speakers plug-and-play zone of multiroom music.

The concept isn’t, of course, new — indeed one of the very first releases from Sonos back in 2006 was a smart zone amplifier designed as a just-add-speakers solution. Every wireless multiroom ecosystem launched since then has had its own version of this easiest of system solutions, the smart amplifier.… Read the full article

Vandersteen Kēnto Carbon loudspeaker and M5-HPA amplifiers, VTL TP-6.5 Series II phono stage and TL-6.5 Series II Signature preamplifier, Aurender A30, AMG Viella turntable with Lyra Atlas cartridge, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Vandersteen Kēnto Carbon loudspeaker and M5-HPA amplifiers, VTL TP-6.5 Series II phono stage and TL-6.5 Series II Signature preamplifier, Aurender A30, AMG Viella turntable with Lyra Atlas cartridge, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling | Stereophile.com


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YG Acoustics Sonja 2.3 speakers; Nordost QPoint, QSource and cables; VTL Siegfried Series II amplifiers, TP-6.5 Series II phonostage and TL-7.5 Series II preamplifier; dCS Rossini player and clock; VPI direct drive turntable; Lyra Etna Cartridge

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













YG Acoustics Sonja 2.3 speakers; Nordost QPoint, QSource and cables; VTL Siegfried Series II amplifiers, TP-6.5 Series II phonostage and TL-7.5 Series II preamplifier; dCS Rossini player and clock; VPI direct drive turntable; Lyra Etna Cartridge | Stereophile.com


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Vinnie Rossi discusses new L2i-SE and L2i Amplifiers optional DAC 2.0 Module

By | August 7th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Options. They’re essential in life, so why wouldn’t they be in high fidelity?

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Audio Research 160M Amplifiers – My White Whale

By | July 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Even after two plus decades of reviewing, there are a few major brands that have largely eluded me. Whether it’s been a timing issue, system need, personal bias, (I’ll get into that more later), or I just haven’t been in proximity of the brand. For me, up till a couple years ago, one of those brands had been Audio Research. I was able to land a DAC9 for review that I absolutely loved. I still rave bout it to whoever is willing to listen.… Read the full article

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2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Integrated Amplifiers $1,000-$2,000

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Integrated Amplifiers $1,000-$2,000

NuPrime IDA-8 $1095 Essentially, it’s a sleek-looking, small-footprint hybrid Class A/Class D integrated amplifier/DAC that combines Class A warmth and resolution with Class D speed, power, and efficiency. The well-conceived IDA-8 delivers substance with plenty of gusto—and does so from an astonishingly quiet background. A great-sounding, stone-cold bargain, and a 2016 Golden Ear Award recipient. Rotel A14 $1299 The A14 amplifier has a moving-magnet phonostage, a very capable DAC that can play DSD and (some) PCM music files, an aptX Bluetooth connection, a front-panel USB connection so you can play the music stored on your smartphone, and a headphone amplifier …… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi teases L2i & L2i-SE integrated amplifiers

By | July 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Last October, at RMAF 2018, Vinnie Rossi introduced us to his L2 Signature pre-amplifier and monoblocks with a dose of Aphex Twin. Almost a year on, Rossi is putting all three (pre + 2 x monos) into a single chassis for the L2i ‘Signature Edition’ integrated amplifier that, according to the man from Massachusetts, makes “absolutely minimal concessions to design and performance”.

The new L2i-SE integrated will be a hybrid design, inheriting the L2 Signature pre-amp’s single pair of 4-pin direct-heated ‘big power triodes’ – dual mono, Class A, zero feedback, “grounded-grid”, single-click rollable, bypassable – and feeding a dual-mono Class A/B MOSFET output stage for 100wpc into 8 Ohms.… Read the full article

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Egglestonworks Nico speakers; Technics SL-1200G turntable; Bryston Amplifiers 7B3 amplifier, BP17-3 preamplifier, BP-2 MM/MC phonostage, MPS-2 power supply, and BDP-3 digital player; Audience cabling; Target stands

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If Scott Walker Audio had staked out a mini-empire on floor 3, Sunny Components of Covina, California, did the same on floor 6. The first room I visited, of the four from Sunil Merchant, included Egglestonworks’ 87dB-efficient Nico speakers ($4250/pair), which had not finished breaking in. Nonetheless, wireless Qobuz streams of St. Vincent’s “Smoking Section,” Billy Eilish’s “Hostage,” and a 24/96 file of Kurt Elling & Lee Ritenour’s “River Man” showed the speakers and their Bryston roommates capable of conveying fine, natural, appealing timbres.… Read the full article

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Vanco Previews Amplifiers, Pendant Speaker Enclosure

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vanco is previewing two new power amplifiers and an innovative pendant speaker enclosure at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, FL.
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